October Half Term at the Science and Industry museum

Families will discover world-changing ideas and amazing activities at the Science and Industry Museum this October half term, where the top priority is a safe and fun visit for everyone.

Visitors can play and explore in Experiment, an interactive gallery designed for the whole family to enjoy together. Here, they can stare into the mirror of infinity, find out if they’ve got the strength to lift a Mini, watch a skeleton ride a bicycle and much more. 

Families can find out how cotton transformed the city of Manchester and uncover some of the incredible stories behind the museum’s historic site in its the Textiles Gallery.

Big ideas can be explored in the Revolution Manchester Gallery, where a very early Rolls-Royce motor car, made in Manchester and driven by Henry Royce himself, is on display alongside Baby, the first computer able to store and run programs. 

Expert Explainers will also be on hand to unravel the secrets of science in a series of Science Stops, and visitors can take a trip to our nearest star in the museum’s major exhibition, The Sun, which is now included in the free admission ticket.

The much-loved attraction will also be reopening its Air and Space Hall on 24 October for the first time since March, giving visitors the opportunity to see the cars, motorbikes and aeroplanes that got industrial Manchester moving.

Doors to the museum will be open between 10.00 – 17.00 from Saturday 24 October to Sunday 1 November. Since reopening in August, the museum has been closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but will be reopening for the entire half term week, including Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 October.

Visitors are still required to book a free ticket before their visit. Tickets for half term will be available from Monday 12 October and can be booked through the museum website www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk, or by calling 0800 047 8124.

Director of the Science and Industry Museum, Sally MacDonald, said, “It’s fantastic to be opening the museum for a whole week over half term and giving even more families the chance to visit us during the holiday.

“We’re really pleased to be reopening the Air and Space Hall, where visitors can see everything from the magnificent Avro Shackleton aeroplane to a Sinclair C5 electric vehicle. Despite some areas of the museum being temporarily closed for improvement works, with our astonishing exhibition, The Sun, still open, lots of outdoor space and galleries packed with ideas that changed the world, there is still lots for families to do, see and enjoy this October.”

The museum’s top priority is to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. Visitors are asked to observe social distancing, wear face coverings, follow one-way routes and book tickets online in advance. In line with the measures currently in place across the city and other areas of the North West, visitors are also being asked to only attend with people from their household or support bubble. The most up-to-date information can be found on the museum’s website. 

The Science and Industry Museum is currently undergoing a multi-million-pound renovation project. This will see a new £5million Special Exhibition Gallery open early next year to originate and host the world’s best science exhibitions. Its much-loved Power Hall is also being renovated, and improvement works are currently being made to the historic 1830s Station and Warehouse, the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station and the oldest existing railway goods warehouse respectively. This means that certain areas of the site are temporarily closed, but there is still lots to do, see and enjoy.

Visitors can also check the website for opening times and to book their free admission tickets before they visit.


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